Two Police Escorts Killed
The four abducted foreigners comprising two Americans and two Canadians have been freed Friday night. This is according to a statement released by the Police spokesman in Kaduna, Northwest Nigeria. Continuing, he added that:
“No ransom was paid. It was the efforts of the police through the directives of the IGP that led to their release.”
He declined to provide further details but said the police commissioner would address journalists later on the release.
The victims were ambushed by the gunmen around Kagarko on their way from Kafanchan, Kaduna State, to Abuja. The incident happened around 8pm on Tuesday, 16 January. Their names were not given.
Sadly, two policemen attached to the expatriates were killed in a gun duel as they tried to rescue the foreigners. Confirming, the force said
“The two police escorts attached to them engaged the kidnappers in a fierce gun battle, which resulted to the unfortunate death of the two police officers.”
The Abuja-Kaduna road has been a security flashpoint after series of kidnapping and other criminal activities were reported recently.